Scituate: Selectmen prepare town goals for 2012

Scituate Selectmen met at the Maritime Center Saturday morning to discuss goals for the upcoming fiscal year. Chair Anthony Vegnani asserted that the conversation needs to get going about future uses of Pier 44. According to the Scituate Town Administrator, the building is frequently used by the town.

However, Selectman Richard Murray is now worried residents may get confused that Pier 44 is now a community building, “The more that building is being used with a sign on it that says something like ‘Community Center’, the more that it’s going to get ingrained in people consciousness that we have a community center.”

Currently, there is a Pier 44 Building Options and Feasibility Study Committee organizing a list of alternative uses to present to the Scituate Board of Selectmen. Murray further stated he is not sure a community center is the direction the board what’s to go or not but the project needs to be put on the top of the list.

Though a vote was not taken during their “working meeting”, the board reviewed possible community needs involving recreation and the environment.

The question came up about the need for more playing fields, but Selectman Joe Norton believes 17 town fields are sufficient for youth sports, “You’ll get a soccer program that says ‘We need X number of fields every day, five days a week.’ They really don’t; but they want to get that time.”

Administrator Patricia Vinchesi also stated the town has trouble maintaining current ball fields.

Selectmen further discussed the list of 2012 potential priorities. According to Vegnani, work can be done to improve public access and showcase more than selectmen’s meetings and 1940’s movies, “You know it’s kind of a shame because a lot of people really watch our meetings.”

Recently, Vegnani has heard from residents a surprising interest in watching selectmen’s meetings, so now he wants other committee meetings recorded as well. However, Selectman Norton expressed concerns that additional costs come along with recording meetings.

Scituate selectmen did not take a vote on any issues.

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